Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, April 12


Associated Press
Low-level drug offenders find new source of addiction help
Judge orders state to fix mental health facility
State not in compliance with security enhancements for driver’s licenses, ID cards
Ortho to drop chemicals linked to bee declines
Judge holds off assessment of mental-hospital escapee’s competence
Marijuana grinder resembling grenade halts airport flights
Spokane River snowpack melting away because of warm nights
Hanford contractor receives $18.8 million in incentives from DOE
Colorado considering pot in schools

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
School districts plan for cuts due to Legislature’s inaction on ‘levy cliff’   (Rolfes)

City of Vancouver: It’s a housing emergency

The Daily News
Is a name just a name? (Jayapal)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Judge holds off assessment of hospital escapee’s competence
The new 520 Floating Bridge: photo gallery
Bloomberg: Wall Street wages double in 25 years as most others languish
Guest commentary: Backlog of untested rape kits must end
Editorial: 401(k)s and IRAs: New rule will protect retirement investments

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
State takes aim at names (Jayapal)

News Tribune (subscription required)
VIDEO: Vaping advocates ask for injunction in Pierce County court

Olympian (subscription required)
Low-level drug offenders find new source of addiction help
Editorial: 10 local babies born homeless in the past year

Puget Sound Business Journal
Paid sick leave rule could make small federal contractors ill
This UW research center has gone from 3 to 1,000 workers in 9 years
Microsoft proclaims near equity of pay for women – but that’s not the whole story

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Genetic ‘superheroes’ survive despite devastating mutations, Seattle-led study finds
Viaduct closure coming once Bertha’s ready to dig
Editorial: Don’t vacate Occidental Avenue
Opinion: Stiffer penalties needed for poaching wolves

Seattle Weekly
King County Kids Can’t Tell Time. Should We Care?

Spokesman Review
Campaign finance trial delayed, pro-GMO group sanctioned
Study reveals flaws in how Washington jails handle disabled inmates
Sheriff, former Seattle civilian oversight director to hold policing forum Tuesday night
Rising nighttime temperatures melting snowpack earlier in the year

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Long-term fix for statewide teacher shortage a top priority
National ID rules have not boosted security

Yakima Herald Republic
Apples in space: Wapato High kids will return to Texas, conduct tests with NASA


Lawsuit alleges Olympia School District concealed abuse
Significant progress made on new WA ferry construction
UW seeking feedback about proposed on-campus tent city
Microsoft says male-female pay gap virtually zero

Green-Duwamish Makes American Rivers Most Endangered List for 2016
A Simple Cure For Education’s Jargonitis

This Portland Barista Pays Fewer Taxes Than Seattle Baristas
See Where Women Have The Most And Least Political Representation In The U.S.

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Lawsuit claims expiring ferry tickets violate state law
Watch out: This is why Washington’s work zones can be unsafe

Does Carrying A Pistol Make You Safer?

NW Public Radio
Kelley Defense Hammers IRS Agent In Attempt To Cast Doubt

Q13 TV (FOX)
6 things to know about the gender pay gap


At King County eviction court, uneven battles are waged
Coal exports stopped by Lummi Nation fishing rights?
Overtime is out-of-control at Seattle Police Department

Lawsuit Against City Raises Issue of Density and Affordable Housing (Jayapal)

Seattle Globalist
Asian American advocates say 2016 legislature offered political mixed bag (Santos)

How Our “Greenest Governor” Pushed for the World’s Largest Methanol Refinery in Tacoma
Veteran Seattle Cop Says the Jungle Needs Sanitation, Not a Fence Around It